Valtteri Bottas is concerned that warm temperatures may make the British Grand Prix very difficult on tire life.
Mercedes and Bottas tried to switch the strategy up in Sprint Qualifying today by bolting a set of softs on his car. It did not work, and he finished where he started, in third. The Finn is worried that higher temperatures on Sunday will make the race very difficult for drivers, who were already facing serious blistering in the 100km sprint.
“We tried to do something different,” he said. “Obviously the target was to try and get Verstappen at the start or on the first lap. That didn’t happen, I think he had a good start as well.
“At Turn 1 I was slightly blocked so I couldn’t really use the momentum, but we tried and in the end, I still managed to keep the place with the soft tire even though there was some blistering.
“I think today shows that tomorrow is not going to be easy. It’s gonna be a bit warmer then, we might see more issues. We’re definitely aware and it will be more open. Anything can happen.”
Bottas could take third in the Drivers’ Championship tomorrow if he outscores Sergio Perez by eleven points, and Lando Norris by seven.